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If it is in fact true that boys from the U.K. hit a glorious peak at 19 and then eerily decompose—check any photo of Mick, Paul, Roger, or Pete from 30 years ago and tell me it’s the same person—the lads of Ash are ripe and ready for the picking. More notable for their youth and delirium than even the members of Supergrass (who, in their early 20s, are in Brityears nearing middle age), these three Irish boys should play their earnest full-length debut, 1977, with enough fury and melodicism to get nabbed by that limiting punk/pop label, but should also filter the music through enough of the many muddled influences of adolescence to sidestep it. Probably more glorious, though, will be headliner Cast. Ever Liverpudlian and ever jaunty, the songs John Power was writing during his time with another fab Brit band, the La’s, have a bit more focus and scope than those of the aforementioned youngsters. Fans of British pop surely bought tickets for this brilliant teaming ages ago, but the uninitiated should give it a go if only for the rare opportunity to get a redoubled reminder of the distance between Here and There. Cursed by their birthplace, American openers Muzzle and the Drag should affirm the breadth of that span. At 9:15 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St., NW. $9. (202) 393-0930. (Mindy LaBernz)